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Definitions and
Meanings of Literature
Etymology:
LATIN: literatura/litteratura
- writing formed with letters
Literature is the best of what has been thought
and written.(“Preface to the Poems”)
-Arnold
Literature is an imitation of a sequence of events.
Literature can be categorized and, thereby,
understood according to th...
Literature is the execution in language of a
number of rules that govern how to render
an imitation of events gracefully a...
Literature is an imitation of events or objects
in such a manner as to render a ‘’golden’’
world, improved over the real o...
Literature is a faithful reproduction of life, executed in an artistic
pattern. It is the orchestration of the manifold bu...
Literature is an imitation which has been judged to have
value a period of centuries as a true but general reflection
of h...
Literature is written work that causes or fails to
cause the experience of the sublime---awe
attached to terror. (‘’On the...
Literature is language that draws attention to the
mode of expression and thereby goes beyond
merely describing or communi...
Literature is an imitation (in words) of an imitation
(In matter or material existence) of an idea that exists
originally ...
Literature is an imitation of nature that is executed
not by copying nature directly but rather by
imitating the works and...
Literature is a creative expression of Platonic ideas that
is cast in a form that affects readers by operating upon
their ...
Literature defamiliarizes the familiar; that is, it
caused us to see the ordinary in a way that jolts
us out automatic way...
The business of criticism , is not to find fault nor to display
the critic’s own learning Or influence , but it is to know...
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Definitions of Literature

  1. 1. Definitions and Meanings of Literature
  2. 2. Etymology: LATIN: literatura/litteratura - writing formed with letters
  3. 3. Literature is the best of what has been thought and written.(“Preface to the Poems”) -Arnold
  4. 4. Literature is an imitation of a sequence of events. Literature can be categorized and, thereby, understood according to the method of operation and execution of each category. Viewing or reading literature facilitates the expression (pushing out) of undesirable emotions. (“Poetics”). -Aristotle
  5. 5. Literature is the execution in language of a number of rules that govern how to render an imitation of events gracefully and according to form and verisimilitude. (‘’The Discourses on Dramatic Poetry’’) - Corneille
  6. 6. Literature is an imitation of events or objects in such a manner as to render a ‘’golden’’ world, improved over the real object in nature (which Sidney calls ‘’brazen’’) Literature ought to delight, instruct, and inspirit the reader. (‘’An Apology for Poesy’’) - Horace
  7. 7. Literature is a faithful reproduction of life, executed in an artistic pattern. It is the orchestration of the manifold but elemental experiences of man, blended into harmonious and desired patterns of expression. (‘’Phil. Literature from Ancient Times to the present’’) - Del Castillo and Medina
  8. 8. Literature is an imitation which has been judged to have value a period of centuries as a true but general reflection of human nature in a variety of real or imaginary circumstances. (‘’Preface to Shakespeare’’) - Johnson
  9. 9. Literature is written work that causes or fails to cause the experience of the sublime---awe attached to terror. (‘’On the Sublime’’) - Longinus
  10. 10. Literature is language that draws attention to the mode of expression and thereby goes beyond merely describing or communicating ideas. - Mukarovsky
  11. 11. Literature is an imitation (in words) of an imitation (In matter or material existence) of an idea that exists originally in the mind of God. As an imitation twice removed from the true reality, it is inferior, deceptive, and dangerous, largely because audiences imitate what they see and read. - Plato
  12. 12. Literature is an imitation of nature that is executed not by copying nature directly but rather by imitating the works and techniques of previous writers who are somehow ‘’close’’ to nature and to the original. (‘’An Essay on Criticism’’) - Pope
  13. 13. Literature is a creative expression of Platonic ideas that is cast in a form that affects readers by operating upon their sympathies and antipathies, thereby affording an emotional experience of ideas that Plato had believed could be apprehended logically.(‘’Preface to the Cenci,’’ Defense of Poetry) - Wordsworth
  14. 14. Literature defamiliarizes the familiar; that is, it caused us to see the ordinary in a way that jolts us out automatic ways of perceiving And acting. (‘’Art as Technique”) - Shlovsky
  15. 15. The business of criticism , is not to find fault nor to display the critic’s own learning Or influence , but it is to know “the best which has been thought and said in the World” and by using this knowledge to create a current of fresh and free thought. -Matthew Arnold-The Critic
  16. 16. THE END

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